Time to say goodbye to another year…

DECEMBER 2014

Here we are again. It’s time to say goodbye to another year. For some reason, a new year always holds the potential for something better, perhaps something greater than what we leave behind. Definitely, as the year closes, we are reminded of all the wonderful people God called home, some after a long life, others after a short visit. Some people ask, why. A few people ask, why them? Why not me? Yet, all in all, as believers…we seek comfort in the promises of God.

At the end of another year, we contemplate on the past twelve months. We are thankful for God’s blessings, and promises, that He never forgets, and grateful that He keeps no record of our wrongs, and humbled by His abundant grace. I am most appreciative for the bloggers I encountered this year who shared their spiritual knowledge, insights and personal life, that made me feel like I was a part of something greater than my little life. As the world grows ever so wicked, as the false prophets take to the pulpit to spew their false teachings, their false prophesies, it is such a blessing to know that there are Christians in this country that struggle for the cause of Christ, that live for and defend the Word of Truth.

A new year can be a new beginning by saying goodbye to bad habits, perhaps learning to maintain a positive attitude. A New Year, for many is a fresh start, or so they desperately want to believe.

A New Year, truly is… just another year that we meet with success, tragedy, or failure, personal or business, or all of the above. Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)

“There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

A New Year promises nothing more that what we bring forward. And resolutions don’t mean anything unless it’s something we’re already working on and have a strong desire to commit to. We tend to make New Year resolutions so haphazardly. I know this, because I’ve made many a resolution and failed to followed through on any of them, so I stop making them.  However, this time last year I had a strong desire to get to know God on a more personal level, so I committed to reading through the entire bible. I made it a daily task. I am so glad I did, because the Lord opened up the windows of heaven and showed me some awesome stuff.  He taught me more about Him than I could have imagined. He also revealed the ugliness that still lingered inside of me. And He’s still at it.

As cynical as my notion on resolutions sounds, a New Year’s spiritual commitment can have a tremendous impact. It can transform lives, renew minds, heal broken hearts, bind spiritual wounds, restore joy, and restore relationships, but there’s only one way to experience this transformation. How? Well, surrendering your life to Jesus Christ is the starting point. Reading the scriptures daily, getting to know the living God, praying without ceasing, allowing God to direct your steps, and allowing God to meet you where you’re at. “No improvement required”

Most mature Christians posses the knowledge on how to develop a closer relationship with God, or at least they should, but even with a plethora of bibilical knowledge, the things of God are spiritually discerned, and the “things”, the “demands” of this world too often drown out the things of God. New Christians, and Christians that rely wholly on the pastor’s preaching for spiritual food and growth instead of the Word (and there are many), well these believers are too often the ones caught up the muck and mire of the world and need to get into God’s Word. There is no other way to learn to discern bibilical truth.

“These days it’s the blind leading the blind…” Rich Mullins

I promise, once you get into the scriptures… you will never take your relationship with God for granted.

“It says a lot of things in there. Proof-texting is a very, very dangerous thing. I think if we were given the scriptures it was not so that we could prove that we are right about everything. If we were given the scriptures it was to humble us into realizing that God is right and the rest of us are just guessing.” Rich Mullins

I have been a believer for over three decades and I admit, I considered myself a mature Christian, but when I started meeting with God on a daily basis, well…I felt like my grandson when he was learning to walk…wobbly at best. I also have to admit, these days, I feel a bit socially awkward in this wicked world of ours, more so after my spiritual experience this past year, but I would not trade it for anything. After all, this place is not my home.

I like to imagine God in the clouds, looking down on his children, patiently waiting for us to call on Him. Dare we call on the Almighty in our time of need? Yes. And every other time too. Dare we start a New Year without putting God first in everything we do? No.

At the close of every year I reflect on my life, especially my childhood and I always wish someone would have shared the gospel with me when I was young, for lots of reasons. And believe it, or not, I was a regular church goer. Nevertheless, this makes me think about the great disservice we do to children, all children, when we don’t take the time to share the gospel with them. Sharing the gospel starts at home. But, that’s another topic for another day.

Gosh! As we prepare to ring in 2015 I am so thankful and grateful, so completely overjoyed to know that the God of Creation, the Savior of the world…calls me by name. What an awesome God!

Be blessed!

Psalm 51 (NKJV)

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.

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Reading through the bible. A year long journey of reading, searching, praying and surrender to allow God to walk me through His word.

So many things happened this year. These are a few images that define events in 2014 that had a tremendous impact on my spiritual life.

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The death of a young believer. My dear friend had to say goodbye to her oldest daughter, who lost her battle to breast cancer. Praise God that our hope is in Him. “To be absent from the body – is to be present with the Lord. RIP Jenny.

 

 

Published a collection of my journal entries. This is a collection of journal entries from 1993-2013. It’s a record of God’s mercies, grace and love and God’s relentless pursuit of those He calls by name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Y’all have a blessed New Year!!!

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The Reason for the Season…

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people….”
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Luke 2:8-11 NKJV

Before opening gifts…open with prayer…

Merry Christmas to All!

As a Christian, some its feels like we all speak a different language?

Genesis 11:1-9 (NKJV)

babel“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lordscattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there theLord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

Tis the Season…

From November 27, 2014 through December 25, 2014, most people will gather to give thanks for a most wonderful year, for their many blessing. Friends and family will gather together to give thanks, plan for the Christmas holiday, collect Christmas lists from the children, put up Christmas decorations, and do lots of shopping for gifts and the perfect Christmas tree. Crowds galore will fill stores across the country until the very last-minute. What a wonderful and joyous season this can be. It’s exciting just thinking about it.

Unfortunately, some people will also gather to say goodbye to loved ones. It’s a sad time whenever it happens, but for some reason it’s just feels a tad more bitter when it happens around this time of year.

On the day most of us were eating our turkey dinner, people were fighting for their life. One of those was the daughter of a dear friend.  She was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day and she went to be with the Lord on November 30, 2014. She was a young woman, single and she lived to praise the Lord. She had many dreams, but the Lord called her home and that’s every believer’s ultimate dream, to be present with the Lord. Still, it difficult to understand why the Lord calls some home, so young.IMG_0886

I always wonder why the Lord calls people home at such a young age. Young people full of hopes and dreams, some married, some single, some barely out of the womb. This young woman lost her battle to cancer. In the end it was brain lesions that ended her life. She was in extreme pain, but she was a brave soul to the very end. She was a happy soul, full of life and enjoyed it to the end.

I am at a loss for words. I have not lost a child, so I can’t imagine the pain. I talked to a friend who lost her son at a young age in October of 1995. She was devastated at the loss, and who could blame her. It was one of those Ferguson incidents that never made it to the evening news.

Her advice was to just tell them “I will be praying for you.” There is nothing I can say that will ease their pain. And there isn’t. Empty platitudes are just that when you experience such a loss.

Well, if the death of this young woman was not enough, my daughter who had been sick for a few weeks, got violently ill over the weekend. She managed to get past it at home, but Monday, she went to see the doctor about her illness, well as it turns out the doctor told her she wanted to admit her to the hospital right away. Apparently, her illness that had yet to clear after weeks of antibiotics may have developed into viral meningitis. The violent illness this past weekend was symptomatic of viral meningitis. She has been struggling with health issues for about a year and a half, so her getting sick is always of concern.

She calls me from the doctor’s office and tells me “Mom don’t freak out…” As if I am not going to freak out. Truly, I can’t. I have to trust in God. I have to trust that this too shall pass, that any work He starts He sees to completion. I am also taking care of my grandson. He is 20 months and a handful…freaking out doesn’t help.

So, please prayer warriors will you pray for my daughter, Kate who is in the hospital now, and pray for my friends Jim and Marlene, who sent their oldest daughter home to be with the Lord. Sometimes that all we can do is pray and ask God for His favor. Thank you.

Be Blessed.